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Beginning fall 2015, the Department of Germanic Studies has added a new major in German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies (GSD) which will replace the Scandinavian Studies major in future course catalogs. Learn more.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a Scandinavian studies major must first meet with departmental advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Scandinavian studies degree plan to see all required courses for the Scandinavian studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and course descriptions.


Scandinavian studies students must select a foreign language in which to specialize: Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian.

The degree plan allows for students to focus on areas of interests such as literature, culture or linguistics. Qualified students can also apply for departmental honors and write a thesis on a topic of their choosing.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


The Scandinavian studies major prepares students to use foreign language skills, cultural knowledge, and analytical skills in a wide variety of contexts, including careers in education, business, industry, journalism, or international affairs. The major can also assist in the pursuit of graduate study in Scandinavian studies and related fields (including literature, film, linguistics, applied linguistics, history). Finally, our majors gain an appreciation for literature, language, the arts, and society; the ability to think about cultural and social issues in their own society and the world from the perspective of another culture; and a critical understanding of cultural history and our global society.